Fash Asvadi is a man on a mission. The LA-based pizza oven importer and seller is intent on being the first American to break the record for the world's longest pizza—and he plans to succeed.
"As far as I know, this is the first attempt ever for this record in the US," he told me over the phone. "Making 1.3 miles of pizza is not something that just anybody can pull off."
That's right: 1.3 miles of pizza is the goal.
Asvadi has been in the pizza business for 30 years, and during that time he noticed something."I just started keeping track of the previous records and noticed that, more or less, all of the records have been done in Europe. I mean, pizza is pretty big in the US. Now that i've been working on this, I can understand exactly why. It's a mammoth project."
How does one make a 1.3 mile pizza? Not easily: "We've built a special 32-foot long trailer that has several ovens attached to it—it looks like a locomotive—and it's going to go over the 1.3 miles of scaffolding that the pizza will be on top of. The assembly team will arrive around 2am along with truckloads of the dough, sauce, and cheese. We have a dough team that will start assembling the crust and while that happens, the ovens will begin to move like a train over the dough and cook the base from one side to the other."
Guinness Book of World Records requirements are pretty strict, as are the city's health regulations, so the pizza will be all cheese—no additional toppings. Asvadi told us that prep has been going on for a good six months, with the third run through taking place this past weekend.
"We want to extend the record by 1,000 feet. Really, the most difficult part about all this has been finding a suitable site, because you obviously can't have the pizza taking sharp bends. Finally, we found a racetrack that has a two-mile track without sharp bends, so we can pull off what we need to there."
The current record for world's longest pizza was achieved last year in Naples by 250 chefs, and was exactly 1.15 miles long.
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The project's website says that "attempting records is an inherent part of anyone's spiritual journey." And everyone knows that making pizza is a spiritual calling.
Will Asvadi succeed in his quest for global pizza conquest? Stay tuned: His attempt will take place at the Auto Club Speedway Of California on June 10.